Sunday, August 31, 2008

Token Spining Post

Well, it seems I have burned myself out spinning for the 'Tour de Fleece'. This paltry little skein -albeit 180 yards - is all that I have managed to spin since the tour ended. I do like it muchly, but it does look a lot like this bulky weight skein that I spun earlier in my spinning career. I think I will make the drop stitch scarf out of this, as I don't think I have enough yardage from the skein that I had earlier earmarked for it.

I have started knitting this cardigan for Amy - who has unashamadly abandoned me and gone off to university in Quebec. I hope to have it finished sometime in September and send it to her in a care package. I love the colour and the yarn. It is Valley Yarns 'Southwick' in celery. It is a really nice bamboo/cotten blend. It is a very soft and squishy, multiplied cabled yarn. I suspect the yarn with 'hitch' a little, so I will have to inform Amy to take good care of it. I'm sure it will make a nice light weight cardi. The pattern I'm using is another freebie from Garnstudio. This is the second pattern that I've knit from these guys. Word of warning for anyone thinking of knitting their patterns. Read everything through first. They do a lot of 'at the same time' type stuff. And oftentimes they add that little tidbit in at the end of the peice. Just sayin'

Friday, August 29, 2008

I didn't realize...

That I'd actually been doing things. Well, knitting things that is. I came here tonight to blog about a cardigan that I've been knitting for Amy and I came to post an inprogress shot. I came across these two items that I finished since we came back from Bathurst.

The first is the thrummed mittens from the fleece artist kit. These are for Amy. I hope that she doesn't lose them during her first year in university. I love them so much. They are so comfy and warm. I'm not sure why I hadn't tried thrumming up until now. They are definitly something I will reknit in the future.

The second project is the 'drawstring raglan' that I had bragged about in an earlier post. I had claimed I was being monogamous and how great it felt. Well, it felt great for about a week. The finished object is great - monogamy - not so great. I love this little shirt. It is so cool and flattering. The perfect summer knit. The yarn wasn't even so bad once you got used to it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

Thats one of the few things I can remember from the old 'Incredible Hulk' series from when I was a kid. My hands were the exact same shade of green for a period yesterday. Again with the green Kool Aid. This time there were close to 60 packs of the stuff. I am liking the colour much better now, but will I be able to wear this colour?

Let me tell you that when you are opening 60 packs of this stuff you inadvertently inhale some of it. Lets just say that is makes for ah...erm.......interesting nose blowing later.

So, here are some pictures of the previous colour dyed with about 20 packs of Kool Aid.

Here is the colour now.

Incredible isn't it? This is all the corriedale that I spun myself during the Tour de Fleece.

Oh, and here is a nicer picture of my finished 'Spring Forwards' I really love them.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I've been bad.

I bought $180 worth of yarn. There. I said it. I'm not apologizing, but I just glanced through my stash and it is seriously getting out of hand. I blame it on the stress. I went to Bathurst with Amy for her orthophragnatic surgery. She had her top jaw broken in two places and her bottom jaw broken on one side. It's a very unpleasant experience to see your only child in such misery. But I used yarn as a coping mechanism.

I also cast on for two new projects. I bought a kit for thrummed mittens - which I've been dying to try ever since I learned that this is a Newfoundland technique. Who knew? I've seen (and likely owned) thrummed things all my life, but never knew that it originated here.

We have a very rich knitting history. I also cast on for another pair of plain vanilla socks. I'm not even sure what the yarn is. The truth is that I only bought it because it has aloe vera in it, and I really wanted to give it a try.

I also finished my Spring Forward socks from knitty. They are lovely and blocking as I type.